Being able to work smart without necessarily working hard for me is the real definition of being hyper-productive. To be hyper-productive, you need to leverage your strengths and capitalise on the weakness of the situations around you to excel. It’s almost certain, the satisfaction you achieve from hyper-productivity will be enormous.

Hyper-productivity is a state of mind and existence where you achieve the overarching ability to be focused and patient, no matter the situation or challenges you face when delivering on your plan, objectives or goals. To master the artistry of being hyper-productive, you need to have a “think big but start small” mentality.

Also read;- ATOMIC HABITS: A James Clear Book Review

For starters, I would advise you to read books;- The Compound Effect, Atomic Habits, The 4-Hour Workweek and Deep Focus to get a good idea of what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. For those in the project management & software development industry, also books;- Scrum, and Ask your Developer will come in handy.

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atomic habits. Source: Atomic habits website.

As much as I respect the 5 am club and the inspirational advice to wake up at 4 am in order to be successful, I realised I’m perfectly capable of waking up between 3-4 am. I’ve been most productive when I wake up at 4:30 am, then stay in bed for 30mins to fully wake up, before I start my daily morning routine.

Here are my lessons from the pursuit of mastering the artistry of hyper-productivity.

  • Learn how to control your time my friend. To this effect, I advise you seek out the “hierarchy of productivity” by The Swedish Investor. This will give a precise breakdown of how to prioritise your time and activities.  Most importantly it will help you separate your needs from wants work for you.
  • To master the artistry of being hyper-productive, you to focus on being productive and not being busy. For this, you will need to PDCA constantly.  This helps you have a good idea of what to expect, what to improve, what to change and what to stop.
  • Learn by doing and master by teaching. Then deliberately quit anything that is not working leaving room and time to focus on what works.
  • Hyper-productive people delegate and automate unimportant tasks and do the most important tasks first, preferably before noon. The idea is to improve your income per hour and not as a total income.
  • To be hyper-productive, you really need to define time for work and time for relaxation. Ask yourself if what you are doing at the moment was the only thing you accomplished today, would you be satisfied and happy with yourself?!
  • The ultimate mastery of hyper-productivity in my opinion is developing an “Action” habit. This to me is very key and important as you are able to focus on 20% of the work that brings 80% of the results.
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A random picture of one of my many work desk setups in the past.

As the saying goes; “do what you can and possible and whatever is impossible is improbable”. You need to be very precise and purposeful on your goals and how you intend to achieve those goals.

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